Dom Venegas never stops filling his brain. Unfortunately for Rosetta Stone, he’s focusing his adult education on spirits, not conversational Mandarin. The House of Walker™ bartender recently returned to New York from San Francisco because "it got to the point where I had a younger generation looking up at me and asking, 'What’s next?' and I felt like I still had a lot left to learn."
Since he's been back in New York, Dom’s helped open a glorious cocktail basement underneath Chelsea Market, as well as Jay Zimmerman’s neighborhood masterpiece in Williamsburg. His most mind-expanding experience – one that required a straight month of 8am to 5pm food & drink training – has been joining Jessica Gonzalez’s dream team at one of New York’s finest hotel bars. "I’ve been doing this for more than 17 years, since before bartenders were cool, in every kind of bar," says Dom. "Dives, college bars, strip clubs… but I’d never worked in nice hotel bar. All the great bartenders back in the day, they all worked in hotel bars."